We're very excited to share with you these important tools that will ensure your confidence in taking your SBAC/ computer assessments in the Spring. Additionally we hope that these skills can be transferred to all the educational work you do while in the digital world!
Although many of you may find the activities and exercises in this series to be simple and intuitive, it’s extremely important for you to not only experience but also master the technology required for your success as you take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
And so if you find that you already know how to use a particular tool, I hope that you'll take advantage of this time to build and sharped both your expertise and your efficiency.
Also be a resource for your classmates!
Depending on how your instructor wants you to interact with the exercises, there may be opportunities for you to assist classmates who are struggling.
If that’s the case then please help us build up the technology skills in all of our students so that we can be successful together!
Tips for Teaching in a Blended Environment
Probably one of the simplest methods for effective lesson delivery includes three acts:
Act One: I DO
Demonstrate the new skill that you want students to master. Here's a couple of strategies in ACT ONE that will help your kids learn:
Think out loud. In your demonstration let the students listen to and hear what your thinking as you model the process.
Paraphrase and repeat. Assume that students do not get it on the first run-through so always make sure to model the skill a couple of times to help retain the new information.
Check in from time to time to evaluate their understanding. I strongly recommend NOT calling for hands such as "how many, by show of hands understand what I just taught you"- instead randomly select a student from a roster or rate understanding with one to five fingers in the air.
Act Two: We do
In this act, the student participate in the instruction while you monitor their understanding.
There's several methods for accomplishing this but I recommend getting started like this: have students pair up and share a computer. Students take turns demonstrating to each other the skill that you just finished teaching in the last act. While students are teaching each other, your job is to observe and monitor. This require you to move around watch what their doing and how their applying your instruction. Base on your observation, if necessary following up with mini-lesson to make sure that all students are ready for independent work.
Since all of these skills are entry levels of cognition and depth of knowledge, speed and efficiency play an important role. All of these activities should be given a time limit of one to two minutes.
Act Three: You do
Here we provide appropriately challenging activities where students can demonstrate and practice their skills independently. Continue moving through the room to support and fine-tune their learning. And again, base on your observations, if necessary following up with mini-lesson.